I expect better from Sony, expecially for the price.
15 January 2011
Excerpt: I bought the Sony RDR-HXD995 about two years ago now from my local Comet store. I decided to buy a DVD recorder as I am unable to receive Sky+ in the apartment block that I live in. The Sony RDR-HXD995 stood out from the others available because of the 250GB internal hard drive (this allows 36 hours of high quality recording or around 700 hours of standard quality) and the opportunity to record onto DVD's, plus the Sony branding.
Summary: The recorder not only looks good it has great easy to use functions, probably not used by most owners. The tuner picks up freeview really well and its a doddle to record from the guide.The picture and audio output quality is fantastic. The recordings on the hard drive can be easily edited (remove the commercials etc) but 250GB is probably too small for a lot of users like me, must go to 500GB minimum next time.
Excerpt: We've all heard of 'Sky+', the digital satellite tuner which allows you to pause and rewind live TV - but did you know that Freeview offer a similar service in the form of 'Freeview+'? Unlike Sky+ where there is only one box to choose from (well, technically two if you include 'Sky+ HD'), Freeview+ can be accessed by a wide variety of set top boxes made by a number of manufacturers, as long as they display the Freeview+ logo on the front.
Excerpt: Very pleased with this piece of kit, so far cannot fault it on anything major so have given it the five star treatment. Am using it with a two year old Samsung 32` HD tv, and the set-up process was effortless. First time Ive tried connecting anything to the HDMI and my only minor niggle so far is that the tv doesnt automatically recognise the Sony connection as it would with a scart lead.
Excerpt: Coming from tape, its a dream - even people who cant make all the bells and whistles work will find it good value for around £200. I thought the thick instruction book was (like so many) in half a dozen languages - but no, those 167 pages are all in English - so be ready for some serious reading if you want to make the most of it... One tip here - download the manual from the Sony support website as a PDF and you can search for key words etc.
Excerpt: I bought this product on the back of good reviews and have felt nothing but frustration and disappointment since I unpacked it and tried to set the thing up. It will not recognise my virgin cable box at all. Ive check the cabling endless times, gone out and bought new cables on the off chance that one might be duff to no avail.
Excerpt: I bought a Sony HXD 870(160gb)last year after much research and I am so pleased with it that I instantly bought the upgraded HXD 995(250gb) recently without any hesitation when I needed another one. And again I am not disappointed.For the little difference in cost I thought that for the extra HDD recording time it would be worth it.I have had no problems whatsoever with any of the DVD recorders and would recommend this model highly.Yes the instruction manual is a bit of...
Excerpt: just bought a v series sony tv and read all reviews & bought the 995 dvd recorder. had real problems setting it up - via sky as it would not load the guide plus via g link. went to my local sony shop where was told dont use guide plus `not very reliable` set it to guide digital with freeview. which means you can series link and programe in advance via freeview but have to record from sky whilst on the channel. with a HDMI cable watching dvds is amazing.
Excerpt: This player arrived within 2 days of purchase (thanks Amazon!). It was easy to set up and this took around 15 mins from opening the box to having it working fully. The TV had no problem recognising the HDD / DVD player. It took a while, however, to work out how to connect the PS3 to the TV via the HDD / DVD. This was not immediately obvious but a little playing around sorted this out relatively quickly.
Excerpt: Ive been coveting an HDD/PVR for some time and seeing this model on Amazon at this price made the decision. Sony have always been leaders in Freeview codecs and the playback from Freeview is excellent and much better than my ageing Pace box. However setting it up isnt for the faint hearted and the rather thick manual isnt intuitive. Guideplus+, for example, will only load if you plug aerials into the analogue sockets, as well as the digital ones.